The Black Witch

The Black Witch : An Epic Fantasy Novel

4.09 (20,731 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 7-12 business days.


Not ordering to the United States? Click here.

Description

"Maximum suspense, unusual magic--a whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!"
--Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Powerful magic. A deadly legacy. A world at the edge of war. Prepare to be spellbound by The Black Witch.

Elloren Gardner is the spitting image of her grandmother, who drove back the enemy forces in the last Realm War. But while her people believe she will follow in her grandmother's footsteps and become the next Black Witch of prophecy, Elloren is devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at Verpax University. But she soon realizes that the university may be the most treacherous place of all for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, Elloren's best hope of survival may be among a secret band of rebels...if only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to fear.

Critics are raving about Laurie Forest's incredible debut, The Black Witch:

"We fell under the spell of this rich, diverse, Potter-worthy university world!"
--Justine magazine

"Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice."
--Booklist, starred review

"Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Briskly paced, tightly plotted...set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Books in The Black Witch Chronicles:

The Black Witch
The Iron Flower
The Shadow Wand
Wandfasted (ebook novella)*
Light Mage (ebook novella)*

* Also available in print in The Rebel Mages anthology
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 51mm | 798g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0373212313
  • 9780373212316
  • 389,749

Review quote

ABA Indiebound - Summer 2017 Kids' Indie Next List Pick

This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own. A massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more. -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice.
-Booklist, starred review

Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia.
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

I absolutely loved The Black Witch and will have a very hard time waiting for the second book! Maximum suspense, unusual magic--a whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy! -Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The Black Witch is a refreshing, powerful young adult fantasy. This strong debut offers an uncompromising glimpse of world-altering politics amplified by a magical setting in which prejudice and discrimination cut both ways. -Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author

We fell under the spell of this rich, diverse, Potter-worthy university world!
Characters that come alive off the page, tangled relationships, swoonworthy romance!
Love the fresh way this also tackles prejudice. Prepare to fangirl!
-Justine magazine

A powerful start to a new series, and a very impressive first novel. -Locus

This very engaging YA series deals with difficult topics such as prejudice, hate, intolerance, and stereotypes of other cultures and races...And, yes, some characters have supernatural powers and there is also romance. I would love to see this book as a movie. - American Booksellers Association
show more

Rating details

20,731 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 44% (9,209)
4 33% (6,939)
3 13% (2,786)
2 4% (773)
1 5% (1,024)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X